All Further Articles for 2011-02-16

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
None of Their Business
You know how sales clerks pester you for your zip code when you're just trying to buy a lousy bath mat and you think it's none of their overbearing business? Turns out you're right: In a ruling against Williams-Sonoma, a California court said such queries are illegal. The decision fired up unhappy consumers, who quickly filed over a dozen lawsuits against Wal-Mart, Victoria's Secret and other chains. Let them eat privacy laws.
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Anger in Madison: What's Disgusting? Union Busting!
Massive protests continue in Madison, Wis. after GOP Gov. Scott Walker announced his plan to strip most state workers' rights. Uproar highlights: Officials had to close schools because so many union teachers joined the protests; firefighters exempt from the proposed cuts marched in solidarity with workers who were not; the rumor that Walker would call in the National Guard inspired a website asking, "Is this the Wisconsin you want?" Happily, evidently not. Photos here. "What's good for one of us is good for all of us." - retired electrician Russell Griswold.
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Kids Being Kids in the Republic of Tahrir
Once the thugs left, Tahrir Square was "one of the happiest places on earth," reports one Egyptian protester, in part because families and kids made it their own. More on their "pop-up kindergarten" and other exuberant marvels of the uprising here.
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Victory For Whales/Activists
Japan has suspended its annual Antarctic whale hunt after weeks of being tailed by anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society . A big victory for international pressure married to pesky activism.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Dear Poor People, Thank You For Going Without Heat So We Can Buy Another Week of War
Remember Obama's State of the Union speech when he said he'd cut the budget, but not "on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens"? Guess what? He didn't mean it. His move to slash services for poor people - especially cutting in half heating assistance this brutal winter - prompted Firedoglake 's Jon Walker to draft a helpful letter to all those affected.
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